By Christine Plume - 31st March 2011 7:04am
The PastAudlem Aid to Cancer Research had for many years been one of seven independently run charity shops in the UK that gave its proceeds exclusively to Cancer Research UK (CRUK).
Unlike CRUK's own shops, who have a full time paid manager, the independent shops were run entirely by volunteers. CRUK supported these shops by providing Public Liability insurance and Health & Safety advice.
A recent policy decision by CRUK not to continue supporting any of the independently run shops due to increased Legal and Health and Safety legislation, resulted in the withdrawal of their Public Liability Insurance and the inevitable closure of the shops.
The FutureAudlem Aid to Cancer Research has chosen not to continue to support CRUK.
Following yesterday's A.G.M., it can be confirmed that the shop in Shropshire Street will reopen on the 2nd of May 2011 as The Audlem Charity Shop and will accept donated goods from Monday 4th April.
The shop will remain independent and continue to raise money for charity, a different charity, or charities, being supported each year. The coming year's proceeds will be donated to St Luke's Hospice.
We look forward to the continued support of the community and all of our volunteers. It has become clear to us from the comments made over the enforced closure, just what an important part the shop plays in many individuals' lives and the area in general, not only for fundraising but as a meeting place and recycling point.
We would like to thank everybody for the offers of help to enable the shop to reopen and we will take up those offers in the coming months.
Other than the change of name, all will remain much the same, and the annual special events will continue.
VolunteersThe shop depends on its volunteers — without them it will close — and our average age is not decreasing. Anyone who feels they can give a few hours a week to help us should call Ann Bowles on 811253
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